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Canelo Alvarez poses with fan holding Argentina shirt

Canelo Alvarez poses with a fan holding an Argentina shirt, just weeks after taking aim at the World Cup winners… after Mexican boxer accused Lionel Messi of ‘cleaning the floor with our flag’

  • Canelo Alvarez posed with a fan and held an Argentina shirt in a recent photo 
  • The Mexican boxer had previously sparked a row with the World Cup winners
  • Alvarez claims Messi disrespected Mexico’s flag after Argentina won beat them
  •  Later, the four-weight boxing champion claimed he ‘got carried away’ on Twitter

Canelo Alvarez seems to have put his feud with Argentina behind him after posing with a fan and holding the national team’s shirt in a recent photo.

The boxer, last moth, launched an attack on Lionel Messi over social media after footage of Argentina’s celebrations – after a 2-0 win over Mexico – appeared to show Messi’s foot brushing against a Mexican jersey on the floor of the dressing-room. 

Just a few days later and the four-weight boxing champion apologised for his comments and it seems that the feud is well in the past for Alvarez, who smiled away holding an Argentina top.

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (L) posed with a fan and held up an Argentina national team jersey

Alvarez sparked a row after accusing Lionel Messi of ‘wiping the floor’ with a Mexico top 

In a post on social media, a fan shared his encounter with the prestigious boxer – seemingly amid the ski slopes – and showed a picture of the two meeting.

In the image, the two men are holding an Argentina national top whilst smiling – putting a definitive end to the rift between the boxer and the World Cup winners.

It’s the first time Alvarez has been involved in the situation since his apology at the end of last month, where he insisted that he got ‘carried away’ due to the love he feels for his country. 

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: ‘These last few days I got carried away by the passion and love I feel for my country and made comments that were out of place for which I want to apologise to Messi and the people of Argentina. 

Lionel Messi appeared to kick a stray Mexican shirt in the dressing room during the World Cup

 ‘Every day we learn something new and this time it was my turn.

‘I wish both teams much success in their matches today and here we will continue to support Mexico until the end.’

The argument started with the fighter threatening Messi after first seeing the footage, in the wake of a starring role from the 35-year-old in condemning Mexico to a 2-0 defeat and the prospect of a first group stage exit since 1978. 

As well as claiming the Argentina star had disrespected Mexico, he issued an ominous threat, saying: ‘He better pray to God that I don’t find him.’

And although Messi himself has so far kept quiet on the issue, Sergio Aguero was quick to wade in, saying: ‘Mr. Canelo, don’t look for excuses or problems, surely you don’t know about football and what happens in a locker room.’

Sergio Aguero (R) rushed to his friend’s defence before beginning a war of words with Canelo

However, rather than quell Canelo’s fury, he appeared to only fan the flame and turn the boxer’s attentions on himself.

He was met with the fiery response: ‘You too, b******? You used to write me, “oh, oh, Canelo”, and now you’re crying. Don’t be a hypocrite, b******.’

The supposed ‘victim’ of Messi’s disrespect, Guadrado, got involved, calling the argument ‘silly’ and defending the Argentina skipper and criticising Canelo’s actions. 

Even Javier Hernandez – the all-time Mexican record goalscorer – had his say, vowing in jest to defend Aguero with his life.

The pair continued to trade blows, with Aguero claiming the boxer had earned ‘the hatred of all Argentina’ and Canelo sending the former striker a WhatsApp audio message before the eventual apology was offered. 

Neither Aguero nor Messi responded to the apology that Canelo has extended, and it is yet to be seen whether the boxer’s words were accepted. 




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